Rating: 5 out of 5.

pope joan by donna woolfolk Cross

historical FICTION, 425 PP

Pope Joan. No, that is not a typo. I didn’t mean to write Pope John. 2017 was marked as a year of women-focused empowerment. From marches across the country to the installation of “Fearless Girl” on Wall Street to the  launch of the #metoo movement, women are speaking up and speaking out after decades and centuries of silence. Pope Joan posits a revolutionary idea. Could there have been a female Pope in the 13th century? It was a fascinating read steeped in rich detail and history that I believed the myth could be true. Perhaps it was only the silence of those times and the powerful men that ruled the Catholic Church that quelled any speculation that there could be a female Pope. I love that this book was recommended to me by my dear friend, Colleen. I think of her and our discussion we had about the book every time I see Pope Joan on my bookshelf. Another top pick for Women in History.

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